I visited Japan in November 2011 for the exclusive purpose of urban exploration on Hashima Island. The island, completely abandoned since 1974, sits in the southwest coast of Japan in the East China Sea. Only a few people have been able to access the island for the purposes of urban exploration photography. We were fortunate to be the only people to ever get 8 hours of uninterrupted access to the island.
“Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima or Gunkanshima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island), is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself.
The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned concrete buildings and the sea wall surrounding it.” ~wikipedia
Keeping up with the pace of internet meme development might just be a hobby unto itself. Last week we saw the rise of Japanese schoolgirls using photography to unleash Dragon Ball Z Makankosappo and Kamehameha energy attacks on each other. Then came the awesomeness that is Vadering.
Now, just days later, another creative photography meme has taken the Internets by storm. This time it’s Japanese teens taking photos in which they appear to be flying on broomsticks to play Quidditch, the fast and furious fictional sport from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe.
According to Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft:
“Japanese schoolboys, it seems, are now uploading photos of imaginary Quidditch games. Quidditch, of course, is the broomstick-based team sport from the Harry Potter books. Why “imaginary”? There already are Muggle versions of Quidditch, that’s why.
In Japan, students are responsible for cleaning their classrooms and also the school itself (for baseball players, this would also mean the field and the clubhouse). Thus, students have easy access to brooms, making phony games of Quidditch possible.”
The knowledge that these boys are supposed to be doing school chores when they’re staging these playful photos somehow makes them even more awesome.
Now that we seem to be in the midst of a hot creative streak, does anyone care to guess what the next photo meme might be?